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The withdrawal of British combat personnel and equipment from Afghanistan involves one of the biggest logistical operations carried out by the UK armed forces in modern times. Mark Nicholls reports from Kandahar Airfield on how it is being done.
As part of his series of dispatches from Kandahar Airfield, where RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron are nearing the end of their final Afghan tour, MARK NICHOLLS meets a young couple making an unusual start to married life.
RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron is currently on its final deployment in Afghanistan. As Mark Nicholls reports from Kandahar Airfield, it is a posting which symbolically completes the circle on the squadron’s lingering links to Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent.
In the second of a series of despatches from Afghanistan, MARK NICHOLLS reports on how RAF Marham Tornado air crews are primed to ‘scramble’ in support of ground forces in the country
With worldwide focus on the activities of Norfolk-based II (AC) Squadron as they take on Islamic State targets in Iraq, the vital task being performed by fellow Marham Tornado unit, 31 Squadron in another global trouble spot risks being somewhat overshadowed. But as its servicemen take part in the final “drawdown” of the campaign in Afghanistan which has lasted 13 years and cost 453 British lives, MARK NICHOLLS has been alongside them.